On April 7, 2017, PortAventura World’s Ferrari Land opened its tallest and fastest roller coaster, Red Force! This 34-second roller coaster experience launches park guests to approximately staggering 112 mph (180 km/h) in 5 seconds before throwing the roller coaster train (of 12 riders) over a 367 ft (112m) tall top hat. With speeds and heights of this magnitude, it appears that Red Force has now surpassed Carowinds’ Fury 325 as the tallest and fastest gigacoaster in the world. Some, however, will contend that Red Force is not a pure gigacoaster because of the fast that it is a launched roller coaster, using a very similar system as [world-class ride manufacturer] Intamin’s masterpieces, Top Thrill Dragster (at Cedar Point) and Kingda Ka (at Six Flags Great Adventure). While nowhere near as long as Fury 325 [Red Force is 2,625 ft long; Fury 325 is 6,601 ft long). Red Force has certainly claimed the titles of highest and fastest vertical accelerator in all of Europe – marks that are unlikely to be surpassed any time soon. In fact, Red Force has now claimed its place in the record books as the fourth fastest and fifth tallest roller coaster on the planet!
No matter which side of the debate an enthusiast is on, Red Force certainly appears to offer quite the punch – from its amazing Ferrari-inspired theming to its adrenaline-pumping launch. Ferrari Land looks to be a spectacular new addition at PortAventura World. So, where do you stand on this GIGAntic debate? Is Red Force now the world’s tallest and fastest gigacoaster?
[Images and POV courtesy of Ferrari Land.]